ISDB and MPEG Essentials

4 Day Course
Code PWL007

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This course provides an overview of television broadcast systems and infrastructures.  It is intended for developers, users, application builders and those who need a technical overview who are new to Digital TV systems used in the TV industry and focuses mainly on TSDB-T systems.
This course examines the delivery of TV images for SDTV and broadcast quality where MPEG-2 has been used for many years. However to deliver higher resolutions without more bandwidth greater compression is needed so the course will examine advance Video encoding, MPEG-4 and H.264 for use on HDTV.

Broadcasting systems depend upon delivery over MPEG transport streams so the course will examine how MPEG-2 transport streams can be used to carry services encoded in MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and H.264. It will provide an understanding of how service information is delivered and how conditional access is encoded. The course will also examine the architecture of set top boxes and address the issues of middleware and chip-sets.


When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution and architecture of  modern Digital TV services
  • Compare Cable, over-air terrestrial, satellite and Internet delivery systems
  • Compare the impact of quality of techniques
  • Discuss appropriate broadcasting/multicasting strategies for TV delivery
  • Size video delivery options
  • Identify how to multiplex channels, video pictures and sound within a stream
  • Deploy the scrambling used for Conditional Access systems
  • Enhance compression with MPEG-4 and H.264
  • Compare the effectiveness of the different compression approaches
  • Select an appropriate Conditional Access system for deployment
  • Appreciate the trend in the technologies


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Television Architecture (13 topics)

  • Colour Television
  • Digital Video Broadcasting
  • Formats:
  • 4:2:2, 4:2:0, CIF, QSIF
  • The Signals
  • Analog Television
  • Teletext, captions and sub-titles
  • Digitally-Compressed Television
  • Digital Modulation :MPEG Hierarchy, MPEG1, MPEG2
  • Digital Video Broadcasting
  • Cable Networking Protocols
  • Over-the-air broadcasting

Television Distribution Technology (9 topics)

  • Digital vs Analogue
  • Head-ends
  • Signal Reception
  • Head-end Signal Processing
  • Head-end Operation
  • Delivery Mechanisms
  • Broadband Distribution Systems
  • Coaxial RF Technology
  • Coaxial Distribution Design

Transmission for Digital TV Systems (11 topics)

  • Wavelength-Division Multiplexing
  • Linear Microwave Signal Transportation
  • Digital distribution Systems
  • Linear Fiber-Optic Signal Transportation
  • Fiber Optic Transmission
  • Passive Optical Fiber (PON)
  • Wavelength Division Multiplexing: CWDM and DWDM
  • End-to-End Performance
  • Upstream Issues
  • Digital Fiber Modulation and Fiber Architectures: SONET/SDH
  • Optical Carrier Ethernet

TV Distribution Systems (14 topics)

  • Terrestrial UHF/VHF Broadcast Delivery
  • Satellite Television Delivery
  • Cable Television Delivery
  • IPTV Delivery
  • From head-end to viewer
  • Back-Channel
  • Set-Top Box Issues
  • Next Generation Media Players
  • IPTV Service Features
  • Encoder Classification: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264
  • Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB)
  • Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) Standards
  • Digital Video Broadcast (DVB)
  • ARIP and DVB standards Comparison

MPEG Encoding (15 topics)

  • Source Encoding
  • MPEG Compression Concepts
  • Prediction and Interpolation
  • Reordering
  • Motion: Prediction, estimation and compensation
  • I, P and B Pictures
  • MPEG Levels and Profiles
  • Audio Compression
  • Framing Formats
  • Multiplexing of Signals
  • Packetised Element Stream(PES)
  • Decode Time Stamp (DTS)
  • Presentation Time Stamp (PTS)
  • System Clock Reference (SCR)
  • Quantization of Program and Transport Streams

MPEG Transport Streams and Packets (17 topics)

  • Transport stream format
  • MPEG Packets and headers
  • Service Information (SI), Program Specific Information (PSI)
  • Data Broadcasting DSM-CC
  • Platform Signalling
  • Program Allocation Table (PAT)
  • Program Map Table (PMT)
  • Conditional Access Table (CAT)
  • NIT, SDT & EITs
  • Effect on STB Behaviour
  • Channel Coding and Forward Error Recovery
  • Energy Dispersal
  • Reed-Solomon Coding
  • Convolutional Coding
  • Interleaving
  • Trellis Decoding
  • Temporal Spreading

MPEG-4 and H.264 Standards (22 topics)

  • Related standards: JPEG and JPEG2000
  • Video Objects (VO)
  • Video Object Plane (VOP)
  • Motion Vectors
  • Static Sprite Coding
  • Syntax of Encoding
  • H.264 Modes: I, P, B, SP and SI
  • Slices and Macro Blocks
  • Macro Prediction
  • Intra Prediction
  • Luma, Chroma and Signalling prediction
  • Deblocking Filter
  • Transform Quantization
  • Reordering
  • Entropy Coding
  • Main Profile
  • B Slices and Reference Pictures
  • Weighted Prediction
  • Context-based Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding (CABAC)
  • Extended Profiles
  • MPEG-2/MPEG-4/H.264 Comparisons

Conditional Access (12 topics)

  • Conditional Access Mechanisms
  • CA Standards
  • Simulcrypt & Interoperability
  • Common Interface
  • Encryption
  • Entitlement Management Messages (EMM)
  • Entitlement Control Messages (ECM)
  • Encoding ECM and EMM into the transport stream
  • Subscriber Management Systems (SMS)
  • Smartcards and how do they work
  • Pay-Per-View (PPV) & Impulse-Pay-Par-View (IPPV)

Encryption Mechanisms (7 topics)

  • Symmetric and Asymmetric Key Systems
  • Public Key Infrastructures
  • RSA Encryption
  • Key Distribution
  • Security Issues
  • Authentication
  • MD5 and SHA

ISDB Terrestrial Transmission (17 topics)

  • ARIB B24 Data Coding and Transmission Specification
  • ARIB B21 Receiver Configuration
  • ARIB B31 ISDB Transmission System For Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting
  • ISDB-T Overview
  • Channel Coding Scheme
  • Transport Stream Re-multiplexing
  • Energy Dispersal
  • Carrier Modulation
  • OFDM
  • Frame Structure
  • Frequency Utilization Requirements
  • Electronic Program Guides
  • Carrying HDTV
  • Carrying IP streams
  • Operating Guidelines for ISDB Systems
  • Link budgets and bandwidth considerations
  • Comparison between ISDB-T, DVB-T and ATSC

Set-Top Boxes (11 topics)

  • STB architecture
  • Main chipset vendors
  • Inside a digital STB
  • STB middleware and its Functions
  • Middlewares:
  • MHEG5, goals, features, certification and limitations
  • MHP, goals, features, certification and limitations
  • OpenTV, goals, features, certification and limitations
  • MediaHighway, goals, features, certification and limitations
  • NDS Core , goals, features, certification and limitations
  • STB software stack

Customer Interface Issues: Set-top Boxes (13 topics)

  • Analog Video Reception
  • Digital Video Reception
  • Migration issues from Analogue to Digital
  • Consumer Electronics Interface
  • Equipment Compatibility
  • Networking Interfaces
  • Decoding Mechanisms
  • Personal Video Recording Interfaces
  • In-Home Networking
  • Protected and Conditional Access Key interfaces
  • Protected Broadcast Driver Architecture
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Watermarking

Who the players are in this industry: (6 topics)

  • Chip-set Manufacturers
  • STB Manufacturers
  • Middleware
  • Applications Vendors
  • Carriers
  • Broadcasters

Industry Trends (5 topics)

  • Transmission innovations
  • HDTV and Improved Quality
  • Connected Home
  • Convergence Protocols
  • Trends towards IPTV


No prior background in electronics, transmission or programming will be assumed and the course will concentrate upon functional aspects and technology comparisons rather than the construction of the electronics themselves.

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